American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages

Shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $33.00.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine downgraded American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 8th. Barrington Research downgraded American Public Education from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 8th. BidaskClub upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 1st. TheStreet downgraded American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 15th.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in APEI. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 110.2% in the 2nd quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 28,762 shares of the company’s stock valued at $851,000 after purchasing an additional 15,076 shares during the last quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of American Public Education in the 2nd quarter valued at about $3,470,000. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 104.4% in the 2nd quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 14,305 shares of the company’s stock valued at $423,000 after purchasing an additional 7,306 shares during the last quarter. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 36.8% in the 2nd quarter. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. now owns 243,604 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,206,000 after purchasing an additional 65,568 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 73,520 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,175,000 after purchasing an additional 3,515 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.55% of the company’s stock.

APEI stock traded down $0.03 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $26.93. 4,028 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 105,574. The company has a market cap of $424.46 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.12 and a beta of 0.84. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $30.24 and its 200 day moving average is $30.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03, a current ratio of 5.69 and a quick ratio of 5.69. American Public Education has a 12-month low of $24.44 and a 12-month high of $37.00.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 6th. The company reported $0.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.30. The company had revenue of $70.56 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $70.16 million. American Public Education had a return on equity of 7.79% and a net margin of 6.98%. American Public Education’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.39 earnings per share. On average, research analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 0.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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